Dundalk as it Happens
Birth of the Drogheda Hospital crisis born in Dundalk, insists Munster
Local TD Imelda Munster brought the crisis in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda to the Dáil chamber on Wednesday when she highlighted the impact of closures in Dundalk’s Louth County Hospital, and how this had led to the current overcrowding issues in Drogheda.
The Sinn Féin TD, pictured above with her party leader Gerry Adams outside the Lourdes Hospital, said: “Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital over the last number of years has consistently been one of the worst hospitals for overcrowding and sick patients lying on trolleys in packed corridors.
“The cause of this has been the removal of A&E from the Louth County Hospital in Dundalk. That day was the birth day of the trolley crisis in Our Lady Of Lourdes. People in Dundalk now have to drive past their local hospital and travel on to Our Lady of Lourdes. Another contributory factor was the closure of the respite beds and the long stay beds in the Cottage Hospital in Drogheda.
“This was flagged up at the time but this government and the previous government refused to listen and instead bulldozed ahead with the deliberate policy of downgrading our public health service ignoring the misery, stress, and pressure it causes to patients, their families and front line staff alike.”